Celebrating excellence in the baking industry!
Together with Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery, the International Baking Industry Exhibition (IBIE)’s BEST in Baking Program honors suppliers and bakeries committed to excellence in the industry’s most paramount topics—from sustainability and supply chain innovation to workforce development.
Participants will be featured in Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery’s IBIE Show Issue, in IBIE pre-show promotions and in the BEST in Baking Lounge at IBIE 2019. Winners will be announced on August 12th, 2019 and awarded at IBIE in September.
For 2019, the IBIE Best in Baking Program has been revamped and expanded to recognize IBIE exhibitors and suppliers that, in their support of the baking industry, have made particularly notable achievements that foster better plant efficiency, improved bakery formulas, streamlined operations and otherwise drive continued growth of the baking industry.
This category recognizes suppliers that foster energy conservation, reduced water usage, a decrease in landfill waste, healthy living and/ or a reduction of the overall impact on the environment in the following ways:
2. SANITATION—NEW for 2019
A sanitation strategy is of utmost importance to bakery facilities in the wake of contamination, recalls and other public events. This category recognizes bakers and suppliers that are developing or utilizing innovative sanitation equipment, infrastructure materials like floors and walls, products, technology, or software that improve sanitation procedures, streamline facility maintenance, improve food safety, reduce environmental impact, or otherwise brings a notable level of innovation to the baking industry.
3. WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT—NEW for 2019
Despite a booming economy, bakery manufacturing positions are going unfilled and skilled workers are becoming hard to come by. This category will honor bakers and suppliers who are developing programs that foster sustainable development and ongoing growth of the baking industry workforce.
4. PRODUCT INNOVATION—NEW for 2019
From snack bars to cronuts, the baking industry is constantly bringing new, innovative products to market. Open to bakers only, this category recognizes companies that are charging forward with the next “big thing” in baking.
Three winners will be chosen for Product Innovation based on volume.
- Wholesale Bakery, High-Volume ($50 million or more in sales)
- Wholesale Bakery, Intermediate (up to $50 million in sales)
- Retail Bakery